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Pelosi says Dems can sustain Obama vetoes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats have enough votes to sustain all three of the early vetoes President Barack Obama has threatened against priority bills in the new Republican-controlled Congress, party leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday as divided government headed for the first political showdown of a new year.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Lanier Sims sworn in for another term

Lanier Sims was sworn in for his second term as District 2 commissioner in Newton County Tuesday.

January 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Frozen in Newton (slideshow)

As arctic air blew across Newton County this morning people were bundling up as the temperatures dipped in the lower teens, and wind chills reached single digits.

January 08, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Coca-Cola cutting up to 1,800 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Dad accused of throwing 5-year-old off bridge in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The father of a 5-year-old girl pulled his daughter from the back seat of his car and then threw her off the approach to the Sunshine Skyway bridge into the bay about 60 feet below, police said Thursday.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

New Year, new hope

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, renewal, and togetherness. Howev er, in the relations between people, there can also be less-than-positive interactions – even jealousy and anger. Sometimes, we don't take very good care of each other or ourselves.

January 08, 2015 | jennifer cabe | LOCAL

Pedestrians to carry bright orange flags to cross street

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Let your "feet flag" fly, Athens.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Selma civil rights march still vivid for US Rep John Lewis

ATLANTA (AP) - Forty-nine years after John Lewis and fellow marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the memories of "Bloody Sunday" are still vivid in his mind. It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights era.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Temperatures plunge to 10 in some towns, 0 at Brasstown Bald

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures fell to 10 degrees before dawn in Marietta, Cartersville and Rome and 12 in Atlanta as an arctic blast of frigid weather brought the coldest temperatures in a year to Georgia.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

French hunt for 2 in attack on paper; Paris mourns victims

PARIS (AP) - With tensions high across Paris, French authorities hunted Thursday for two heavily armed brothers they feared would strike again after the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Rebecca (Bec) Ballard Hunter

Rebecca Ballard Hunter (Bec), 93, of Oxford passed away peacefully at Abbey Hospice of Social Circle on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

January 07, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Obama to reduce FHA mortgage premium rate to spur buying

WASHINGTON (AP) - First-time homebuyers whose home loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration would benefit from an Obama administration move to lower mortgage insurance premiums.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks rise, breaking a string of losses, as oil steadies

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is closing higher, ending a five-day losing streak, as investors cheered a slight upturn in the price of oil and hoped for more stimulus for Europe's struggling economy.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Tobacco companies criticize federal judge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tobacco companies on Wednesday accused a federal judge of forcing them to inaccurately describe themselves as unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the public.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Unlucky crook attempts break in at cop's home

A man who was attempting to break into a Covington home on New Year's Day was surprised when the off duty state police officer who lived there opened the door and took him into custody at gunpoint.

January 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

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Ga. police chief says he shot his wife

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) - A police chief told a 911 operator that he accidentally shot his wife early New Year's Day inside their suburban home southwest of Atlanta, investigators said Thursday.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Rose Bowl rout by Oregon over FSU

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta PD names LGBT liaison officer

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in Anderson County on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Wednesday.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Alabama's Saban wins Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year

ATLANTA (AP) - Nick Saban, who led Alabama to the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff, has been selected the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Isolated acts of violence mar holiday week

The suspect in a stabbing at Lawnwood Cemetary was still at large Wednesday, following a holiday week marred by several violent incidents, including a bloody altercation between roommates and a birthday party that devolved into a family fight where shots were fired.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

US pending home climb in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose modestly in November as a strengthening economy helped nudge some would-be homebuyers.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hotel hopes guests head home with a rescue dog

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

KKK group to keep fighting to join cleanup program

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Ku Klux Klan group says it will move forward with its application for a highway cleanup program after a judge ruled that the state's denial violated the organization's right to free speech.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

NCSO graduates one from Public Safety training

The Newton County Sheriff's Office had one graduate from the 273rd Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at the Athens Academy Friday, Dec. 12.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

No. 13 Georgia runs over No. 20 Louisville, 37-14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - When quarterback Hutson Mason went down with an injury in the second quarter, Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs turned to plan B.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Emory University makes changes to sexual misconduct policy

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Emory University is updating its sexual misconduct policy as federal education officials investigate how the metro Atlanta school handles sexual assaults and civil rights cases.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

New year kicks off with start of Ga. shad fishing season

ATLANTA (AP) - Commercial fishermen can kick off the new year with the opening day of shad season in Georgia.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

5 things to know: Obama health law again in play

WASHINGTON (AP) - New episodes in the nation's long-running political drama over health care are coming via your news feed in 2015.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Firefighter hears emergency call about his own home on fire

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - Firefighters are helping to raise money for a co-worker who was at work when he heard a fire call for his own home.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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